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The concept

The Envillage Formula

Taking inspiration from modern social trends and traditional urban design, the Envillage concept improves urban housing affordability and sustainability by taking a design-driven approach to high-density development, in line with the Envillage formula:

density + design = sustainability + affordability + liveability

 
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Density

'Density' is sometimes treated as a dirty word but urban designers, town planners and environmental experts agree that density is one of the best tools we have to improve sustainability and affordability in our cities. Usually, this is achieved through building up in the form of highrises, which often have detrimental effects on the local character and liveability of residential spaces and neighbourhoods. The Envillage concept focuses instead on building in, taking existing inner-city house blocks and subdividing them to improve accessibility and affordability for new home buyers seeking the advantages of owning their own land alongside the benefits of urban living. This efficient approach delivers similar levels of density to typical highrise apartment developments.

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Sustainability

Improving density around key urban areas has inherent benefits for sustainability, as it reduces travel times and distances for both residents and service providers. However, the Envillage concept goes further, focusing on improving sustainability outcomes throughout both the design and delivery stages. Materials, designs and construction techniques are all carefully considered in light of their current and future sustainability in terms of not only environmental impact but also their ongoing financial and material requirements. This reflects our holistic and long-term approach to value and affordability. 

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Liveability

Housing affordability is not just a buzzword to us โ€“ it's our mission. We believe that taking a holistic approach to affordability is the best way to maximise value for new homebuyers. Not only does this mean considering the sustainability of project design and delivery, including current and future material, financial and environmental impacts; it also means considering the design of delivery. For this reason, the Envillage approach takes the house and land package concept from the margins of surburbia and brings it to our inner-city developments, improving accessibility and short-term affordability for all buyers.

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Design

What makes the Envillage high-density development concept work so well is its design-driven approach. This approach is inspired by the traditional urban design concepts that have served world-class cities well for hundreds of years, updated with decades of award-winning architectural experience to create modern, liveable homes on micro-sized house lots. Society is changing and conventional developers are failing to keep up, continuing to rely on the status quo of shoebox highrise apartments and inefficient suburban lots to the detriment of both society at large and, in particular, the next generation of homebuyers. By taking a design-led approach, the Envillage concept can innovate to meet homebuyers' changing needs and provide real value now and into the future.

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Affordability

Housing affordability is not just a buzzword to us โ€“ it's our mission. We believe that taking a holistic approach to affordability is the best way to maximise value for new homebuyers. Not only does this mean considering the sustainability of project design and delivery, including current and future material, financial and environmental impacts; it also means considering the design of delivery. For example, by bringing the house-and-land package concept from the margins of surburbia into our inner-city developments, we can improve accessibility and short-term affordability for all buyers.

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Creator and Curator

The Envillage concept was created by Amy Degenhart, FRAIA. An award-winning Architect with decades of local and international experience in sustainable design and urban development, Amy is Principal Architect and Director of degenhartSHEDD Architecture + Urban Design, Community Benefit Developments and Urban Pure.

She is a member of the Gold Coast's Mayor's Technical Advisory Committee and Bond University's Abedian School of Architecture Academic Advisory Panel, as well as immediate past Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Region.

With recent social and cultural shifts (such as the growing 'tiny house' movement) leading to new ways of living, Amy believes now is the time to use her experience and expertise to change the way urban development is done for good, improving sustainability, affordability and liveability for current and future generations of home buyers.

 

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The Projects

Realising the Envillage vision

We believe in the power of the Envillage concept, but we know that concept needs to be realised to truly make a difference. While we are working on making that happen with our own developments, we are also interested in spreading the word on other projects in line with the Envillage vision. Therefore, let us know about any upcoming projects that you think follow the Envillage formula, and we'll do our best to let people know about them through our newsletter.

 
  ENVI Micro Urban Village  delivered a tenfold increase in density on a single dwelling lot while retaining neighbourhood character and high-quality living spaces through architectural design. Of the 10 terrace homes under construction on newly created micro-lots in the Gold Coast's Southport CBD Priority Development Area, 9 were purchased by first home buyers, proving the value of the Envillage concept in the fight for housing affordability in desirable areas.

ENVI Micro Urban Village delivered a tenfold increase in density on a single dwelling lot while retaining neighbourhood character and high-quality living spaces through architectural design. Of the 10 terrace homes under construction on newly created micro-lots in the Gold Coast's Southport CBD Priority Development Area, 9 were purchased by first home buyers, proving the value of the Envillage concept in the fight for housing affordability in desirable areas.

Project: ENVI Micro Urban Village

Address: Meron Street, Gold Coast, QLD

Developer: Community Benefit Developments

Architect: Amy Degenhart, FRAIA

 
 
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